Potholes gone from Devonshire Place

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A busy town centre road was closed for resurfacing works this week, after a number of harsh winters led to potholes across the town.

East Sussex County Council started the resurfacing work in Devonshire Place, near Eastbourne’s War Memorial, on Monday(May 13) and it was due to be completed today (May 17).

The road is being completely resurfaced and was closed to through traffic in both directions.

Earlier this year the Herald reported the poor state of the roads in Eastbourne, after many years of icy winters have torn some roads to bits.

Readers contacted the Herald via the website and Facebook the with some of the worst potholes around the town. There have also been a number of letters on the issue.

Anthony Peall, East Sussex County Council construction engineer, said, “The resurfacing of Devonshire Place was put forward as a priority scheme as the road was quite badly deteriorated and its condition was exacerbated by the fact it lies on a bus route.”

Back in February, residents also complained about the poor repairs to the potholes.

At the time, Eastbourne Borough Councillor Patrick Warner said, repairs were not up to the standard set by the county council.

Mr Peall said, “The work forms part of our planned programme of roadworks in the county.

“We are aware that there are other roads in Eastbourne which are also in need of repair but we have to prioritise and work on each one in turn.

“As with any roadworks scheme, we appreciate there will be some inconvenience but we ask residents and motorists to bear with us as the result will be a smoother, safer road.”

Diversion routes were put in place with signs directing people through to Trinity Trees, Hartington Place, Grand Parade, Burlington Place and Cornfield Terrace throughout the duration of the work.

What do you think? Are the council right to prioritise Devonshire Place?

Have your say at www.eastbourneherald.co.uk.